SEASONAL ADVICE

Summer Gardening

As we go into summer you will have to turn your attention to watering to keep up the growth. A few rainy days will not be enough to replenish the soil's moisture. We recommend you give your plants a deep watering to keep them healthy and vigorous. Light watering results in shallow roots and a plant that is easily stressed. Hanging baskets can dry out very quickly in hot weather. Lift the baskets slightly to check its weight. If it feels light - water it!

Landscape planting can be done during the summer months if a few steps are taken to reduce plant stress. Plant on cool days or in the evenings. Fill the hole with water before planting to create a reserve of moisture and water deeply twice a week.

Summer Flowering Plants

In June, roses begin their summer long display of colour and fragrance. They can repeat another bloom cycle by cutting back to a 5 part flower and fertilizing to encourage new growth. In late June Golden Catalpa trees show large clusters of white blooms on the ends of branches with yellow foliage.

Hydrangeas are the shrub of choice for blooms through July and into August. Many attractive new hybrids with large colourful blooms have become available in the last few years.

Other plants for summer colour are: Heathers, Hardy Hibiscus, Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia), Echinacea and Montbretia to name a few.

Vegetables

The food garden should be fully planted. As the spring crops such as spinach, peas and radishes are harvested, space will be created for the heat loving crops such as corn, beans, pepper and eggplants. If tomatoes are still being planted, purchase the largest sizes available.

Annuals

Keep your annuals looking fresh with regular dead heading of faded flowers and fertilizing to encourage new growth. This should keep the plants blooming well into October.

Vegetable Planting Chart for Coastal BC

We are getting many enquiries as to what to seed and when, or what to plant and when! Luckily, West Coast Seeds has provided an excellent planting chart for our area. To view their planting chart which includes information on when to start your seeds indoors, when to direct seed outdoors, when to transplant, cover your seedlings and transplant and cover your vegetables view their chart here.

Waterfall outside Dinter Nursery